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Latin American president removed from office

Posted On: Jan 31, 2023   |   Posted By: RT

Latin American president removed from office

Peruvian President Pedro Castillo was impeached by the Congress he tried to dissolve
Peru's Congress has impeached and ousted President Pedro Castillo from office after he tried to temporarily shut down the government's legislative branch and call for new elections.
Lawmakers moved ahead with their impeachment trial on Wednesday, ignoring Castillo's decree to suspend the body, and voted overwhelmingly (101-6) to oust him. The Congress then swore in Vice President Dina Boluarte to replace Castillo, making her Peru's first female president.
Footage posted on social media showed Castillo in law enforcement custody, unrestrained at a Lima police station, though authorities haven't clarified whether he's being detained. Peru's armed forces and national police issued a joint statement earlier on Wednesday, rejecting his attempt to replace the opposition-controlled Congress with an “exceptional emergency government.” Lawmakers had previously tried twice to impeach him since he took office in July 2021.
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